May 15, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Five Finalists for the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge

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More than 42,000 Votes Cast Online in Competition
 
Final Tasting Event at Pier A in New York City on May 17

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the five finalists in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. The finalists are invited to attend the final blind tasting event in New York City on May 17, which will be hosted and judged by Governor Cuomo and a panel of expert judges.
 
The five final breweries that received the most votes, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Brewery Ommegang—Cooperstown, Otsego County
  • Genesee Brewing Company—Rochester
  • Prison City Pub and Brewery—Auburn, Cayuga County
  • The Roscoe NY Beer Co.—Roscoe, Sullivan County
  • Southern Tier Brewing Company—Lakewood, Chautauqua County

 
"New York's craft beverage industry is thriving, creating jobs and driving economic activity across the state, and the high participation in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge is one more metric showing its success," Governor Cuomo said.  "The Challenge is a great way to celebrate the industry’s growth—more than 500 percent since 2011—and the passion New Yorkers feel for their local craft breweries. I look forward to joining my fellow judges in tasting some of the top beers in the state and connecting New York’s world-class products to new consumers and new markets."
 
The final tasting event will be held on May 17, 2017, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week, which is celebrated nation-wide.  The judging panel will include Chef Mario Batali; Thurman Thomas, NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer; Anne Becerra, Certified Cicerone, Writer, and Beer Director for Treadwell Park; Mary Izett, Co-host of Fuhmentaboudit! on Heritage Radio Network; Noah Kaufman, Senior Digital Editor for Food and Wine Magazine; and Brad Leone, Test Kitchen Manager for Bon Appetit.  Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, will deliver remarks at the event.
 
WHAT: Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge Final Tasting with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York, NY

Media interested in attending must RSVP with the media outlet, reporter, videographer and/or photographer, email address and a phone number to Press.RSVP@exec.ny.gov by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16th.
 
The Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge was launched on May 2nd and invited New Yorkers to vote for their favorite New York craft brewery in celebration of the diversity, range, and quality of New York’s craft beer industry. More than 170 breweries signed up to participate, and more than 42,000 votes were cast online.
 
Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York is now home to 321 microbreweries, farm breweries, and restaurant breweries, up from only 50 total breweries in 2011 and representing a 542 percent growth in the industry.  This growth was achieved through a series of legislation and economic incentives, including the creation of the Farm Brewery License in 2012, providing tax credits for brewers, modernizing the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, and providing promotional funding. No state has done more to assist and promote craft manufacturing than New York.
 
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Congratulations to the finalists and to all of the participants in the Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge for putting some of their best products forward. This competition is one of the many ways the State, through the Governor's Taste NY program, is working to promote New York's beverage makers and the farmers behind the homegrown varieties. I hope that this challenge has encouraged New Yorkers to taste and discover a new favorite."

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State's craft beverage industry is thriving like never before. The Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge has presented a unique opportunity to showcase the world-class brews that can be found throughout the state. I congratulate the five finalists, representing some of the finest beverages produced in the Empire State, and wish them continued success."
 
New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley said, “We congratulate the finalists and all the participants who are helping to spotlight the amazing breadth and quality of craft beverages produced right here in New York.   With nearly three-hundred new craft breweries opening their doors over the past six years, New Yorkers have ready access to high quality, locally sourced and produced craft beer throughout every corner of the Empire State.”    

Paul Leone, Executive Director, New York State Brewers Association, said, “The Taste NY Challenge is a great way for Governor Cuomo to shine a light on all of the great beer coming out of New York State during American Craft Beer Week. The top 5 chosen by their fans will have a fun opportunity to shine at the celebrity judged event on Wednesday night.”

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